We need to study our historical examples freely and create newly interpreted designs for generations to come.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 04, 2013
New England Home Magazine, known for its preeminent grasp on fine architecture and interior design in New England, featured the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA). Through an interview with Editor-in-Chief, Kyle Hoepner and ICAA New England Chapter President, John Margolis, AIA, New England Home showcased ICAA for its promotion and demonstration of how classical design language can be adapted to modern day design challenges. Margolis notes how current culture looks toward ‘all things new’ while ICAA honors the past and strives for sustainability including new uses for old buildings and the means to make beautiful design accessible to everyone. Margolis uses the Parthenon as a good example – first as a Greek temple, then as a basilica, and then a mosque!
The active participants in the ICAA are unparalleled designers and artisans. Although they don’t expect everyone to subscribe to their thinking, they are looking for a seat at the table so that their voices can be heard democratically. The ICAA seeks beautifully proportioned, enduring, harmonious designs that fit seamlessly into their environments. The Southern California ICAA Chapter as well as others have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to create pattern books for housing which are regionally specific and affordable thus overcoming the stigma of classicism being only for the affluent.
Boston is one of the ICAA’s fifteen chapters and is the first chapter to offer an online certificate course in classical architecture through the Boston Architectural College. It serves as an educational resource for architects, landscaped architects, interior designers, artisans and enthusiasts of the classical tradition and its influence. According to Margolis, “Classicism is much more than a style, it is an approach to problem solving on all levels. It is about designing enduring buildings, landscapes, furniture, artwork and fittings that all work together harmoniously as a unit.”
Margolis believes that by referencing the past we can observe significant examples of how earlier architects implemented sustainable design - bay windows on New England townhouses, cupolas, porches of southern antebellum homes, and deep covered arcades of Spanish-style mission in the southwest - all were developed as solutions for natural light, thermal comfort and proper energy use. “We need to study our historical examples freely and create newly interpreted designs for generations to come,” notes Margolis.
About John P. Margolis, AIA
John Margolis, AIA is the current President of the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA.) A member of the ICAA for over 20 years, Margolis is leading the Chapter’s effort to fulfill its mission through education, publication, awards and advocacy.
Margolis is also President of Margolis, Incorporated, an architectural residential practice celebrating its 19th year. Specializing in new homes, additions and renovations, its varied work is thoughtfully grounded in traditional and regional precedents. See http://www.margolisinc.com.
While the firm often marries classically proportioned designs to the individual needs of each client, it pursues solutions that unify the building to the land. Its diverse collaborations realize timeless, enduring and sustainable homes for generations to come.
About Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA)
The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts through education, publication, awards and advocacy: http://www.classicist-ne.org
About New England Home Magazine
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